The Dodgers announced Friday that they’ve signed three more players from their 2016 draft class: right-handed pitcher Chris Mathewson out of Long Beach State (19th round), right-hander Conor Costello out of Oklahoma State (32nd round) and high school right-hander Kevin Malisheshki from Wauconda, IL (38th round).D
The Dodgers have signed 33 of their 42 selections from the 2016 draft. The deadline for teams to sign their draft picks is today; the team is thought to have one or more draft picks signed but still unannounced. The Dodgers have signed all of their first 11 picks.
Zach McKinstry, the Central Michigan University shorstop whom the Dodgers selected in the 33rd round of last month’s draft, has signed his first professional contract according to wane.com.
Reports Glenn Marini:
By signing McKinstry forgoes his final two years of eligibility at CMU. A draft-eligible sophomore, McKinstry hit a team-best .325 this past season playing stellar defense for the Chippewas.
He spent this summer playing baseball with the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League. Zach reports to the Dodgers’ facility in Glendale, Arizona on Monday for evaluation.
The signing, which hasn’t been announced by the Dodgers yet, would put 33 of the club’s 42 draft picks under contract.
Only one of the Dodgers’ first 13 draft picks had yet to sign a contract as of Friday. That loose end appears to be tied up after Vanderbilt pitcher Jordan Sheffield, the Dodgers’ compensation round pick (36th overall) posted this photo to his Instagram account Saturday:
The Dodgers officially signed three more of their draft picks, left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer (fifth round), right-handed pitcher A.J. Alexy (11th round) and right-handed pitcher Joel Toribio (34th round).
Smeltzer receives a $500,000 bonus, which is over the recommended bonus ($331,100) for the 161st overall pick.
Alexy reportedly signed for $600,000, which is effectively over the slot value, though MLB does not officially assign one for slots in the 11th round or later.
The Dodgers have signed 26 of their 42 picks, including 12 of the first 13.
The Dodgers have signed their 13th-round draft pick, University of Oklahoma outfielder Cody Thomas, per Thomas’ Instagram account:
The Dodgers are believed to have reached agreements with 23 of their 42 draft picks, including 11 of their first 12.